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Residence permit: PhD students

The procedure for requesting a residence permit for PhD students from a non-European country (outside the EU, the EEA and Switzerland) varies according to the student’s case. Choose the appropriate application procedure for your case.

IN LYON

You are not enrolled at a French higher-education establishment

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Due to the latest modifications of the law code defining rules of entrance and stay for international in France (CESEDA), information related to this status is not available. Before taking any decision for your stay in France, don’t hesitate to contact Espace Ulys Lyon or Saint Etienne for advice on your status.

You are enrolled at a French higher-education establishment and you have a French employment contract

If you are a PhD student from a non-European country, you are registered in a doctoral program in France and you have a French employment contract to fund your research, you should have received a long-stay visa with the designation “passeport talent". Depending on the information written on the visa, you must have it validated online on a dedicated platform or request a residence permit at the local Préfecture.

More information about the “passeport talent" visa validation procedure.

You are enrolled at a French higher-education establishment, but you do not have a French contract of employment

You will receive an “Etudiant” visa. You cannot benefit from "Passeport talent-chercheur” status. The validation request must be sent online (website in French, English or Chinese).

Procedure for renewing your “Etudiant” residence permit

The renewal of your “Etudiant" residence permit (and your spouse’s, if need be) must be done onlin on the ANEF platform within two months prior to the expiration of your current residence permit or visa.

You will apply for the renewal online, following the instructions. If your application is complete, you will receive an application proof ("attestation de confirmation de dépôt"). If your card expires before you receive your new card, you will get an extension certificate ("attestation de prolongation d'instruction") extending the rights of your residence permit waiting for the card to be ready.

You will have access to your account at any times. You will be notified by email whenever a new document is available on the platform.

You will be required to pay a tax of €75 in revenue stamps when collecting your new residence permit.

For all subsequent renewals, you must follow the same procedure, submitting your renewal request within two months prior to the expiry date of your current residence permit.

More information:

Online procedure on ANEF platform
FAQ Students Welcome Desk

IN SAINT-ETIENNE

You are not enrolled at a French higher-education establishment

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Due to the latest modifications of the law code defining rules of entrance and stay for international in France (CESEDA), information related to this status is not available. Before taking any decision for your stay in France, don’t hesitate to contact Espace Ulys Lyon or Saint Etienne for advice on your status.

You are enrolled at a French higher-education establishment and you have a French employment contract

The Préfecture of the Loire does not tolerate late applications. Applications made outside the dates of validity of the residence permit (residence permit, receipt, temporary residence permit) will be considered to be "late" and liable to a fine of €180.

If you are a PhD student from a non-European country and you are not registered in a doctoral program in France, you should have received a hosting agreement and a Long stay visa with the designation "passeport talent". Depending on the information written on the visa, you must have it validated online on a dedicated platform or request a residence permit at the local Préfecture.

More information on the validation procedure for the "passeport talent" visa.

You are enrolled at a French higher-education establishment, but you do not have a French contract of employment

The Préfecture of the Loire does not tolerate late applications. Applications made outside the dates of validity of the residence permit (residence permit, receipt, temporary residence permit) will be considered to be "late" and liable to a fine of €180.

You will receive an "Etudiant” visa.You cannot benefit from "passeport talent-chercheur” status. The validation request must be sent online using the dedicated website (website in French, English and Chinese).

Procedure for renewing your “Etudiant” residence permit

The renewal of your “Etudiant" residence permit (and your spouse’s, if need be) must be done onlin on the ANEF platform within two months prior to the expiration of your current residence permit or visa.

You will apply for the renewal online, following the instructions. If your application is complete, you will receive an application proof ("attestation de confirmation de dépôt"). If your card expires before you receive your new card, you will get an extension certificate ("attestation de prolongation d'instruction") extending the rights of your residence permit waiting for the card to be ready.

You will have access to your account at any times. You will be notified by email whenever a new document is available on the platform.

You will be required to pay a tax of €75 in revenue stamps when collecting your new residence permit.

For all subsequent renewals, you must follow the same procedure, submitting your renewal request within two months prior to the expiry date of your current residence permit.

More information:

Online procedure on ANEF platform
FAQ Students Welcome Desk